The top 50 pizzerias in the United States have been announced and a little shop in South Kingstown, Rhode Island has made the list, proving that the Ocean State may be small, but thanks to its Italian influences, it's able to serve up some of the best pizza pies, courtesy of Pasquale’s Pizzeria Napoletana.

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Pasquale's Pizzeria Napoletana

Located in South County Commons, Pasquale’s Pizzeria brings classic Neapolitan Pizza to Rhode Island. The tiny spot with big flavor has accomplished much and earned many awards over the years, such as the VPN certification, given by an international organization officially established in 1984 by a group of Neapolitan people representing some of the oldest families of pizza makers and the most famous Neapolitan pizzerias.

“To gain a certificate from the VPN is to gain the approval of some of the best pizza makes in the world,” said the restaurant.

Pasquale’s Pizzeria Makes Top 50 List for Best Pizza

The restaurant’s latest accomplishment lands it on the list of the Best Pizzerias in the world.

“It is an amazing reward because the best pizzaiolos in the country are on this legit list,” owner Pasquale Illliano told Rhode Island Monthly. He explained how 50 Top Pizza is an organization of Italian and global gastronomic journalists and professionals, and to be able to put Rhode Island on the map is the “ultimate achievement.”

The restaurant finds itself in 12th place, a big jump from last year when it placed 33rd. The first 15 positions will compete in the 100 Best Pizzerias in the World ranking, and an awards ceremony will be held at the Palazzo Reale in Naples on Sept. 13.

Imagine if the best pizza in the world is just a short drive away. Either way, 13th place is enough for me to head to South Kingstown and enjoy a slice ... or five.

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